In November, NOVA welcomed Dr. Cheryl Cardell for a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) staff advisory visit. NOVA invited Cardell to provide guidance as the College makes progress on the two documents required for reaffirmation, the Compliance Certification Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). NOVA’s reaffirmation date is in June 2012, but there has been a lot of preparation behind the scenes for more than two years.
Charlotte Calobrisi, special assistant for compliance certification, presented Cardell with samples of the compliance certification document, which is due in March 2011. Cardell had the opportunity to meet with college units who are working on reports documenting compliance toward SACS requirements and standards, as well as federal requirements. Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services Miguel Garcia and his staff discussed financial and physical resources. Vice President of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment George Gabriel and his staff met with Cardell to discuss institutional effectiveness. Director of Human Resources Myrtho Blanchard and her staff met regarding faculty credentials. Vice President of Instructional and Information Technology Steve Sachs and Associate Vice President for e-Learning Jennifer Lerner met concerning distance education. The purpose of these meetings was to make sure that NOVA is on track regarding compliance with standards and documentation for compliance certification.
In addition, Cardell met with NOVA’s Reaffirmation Steering Committee and members of the QEP Development Committee. The College Senate and Al Ross, chair andassociate professor of history, dined with Cardell for lunch and had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the reaffirmation process. Cardell enjoyed her visit to NOVA and is looking forward to visiting us again in less than a year. NOVA’s on-site review is scheduled for November 2011. At that time, Cardell will accompany a team of volunteer reviewers who come from peer institutions outside of Virginia.
Those who met with Cardell truly appreciated the open dialogue. The reaffirmation process continues to demonstrate that it is meant to be an educational process, meant to make NOVA the best it can be.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.